Saturday, January 9, 2016

Loose Parts - Inspiring Play in Young Children: A Book Review

About The Book:

Loose Parts help inspire children's play

Loose parts are natural or synthetic found, bought, or upcycled materials—acorns, hardware, stones, aluminum foil, fabric scraps, for example—that children can move, manipulate, control, and change within their play. Loose parts are alluring and beautiful. They capture children's curiosity, give free reign to their imagination, and encourage creativity. With more than 550 color photographs of many kinds of loose parts in real early childhood settings, classroom stories, and a dynamic overview,Loose Parts provides inspiration and information about the ways everyday materials can support open-ended learning, enhance play, and empower children. With loose parts, the possibilities are endless. 

Age focus: 0–6. Softbound, 232 pgs. 


About The Authors:

Lisa Daly, MA, is professor of early childhood education at Folsom Lake College in Folsom, California. She has over 30 years of experience as an early childhood teacher, director, and educator. She has served on community and Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC) boards, including the statewide Child Development Training Consortium advisory board. She is passionate about creative arts and has directed art programs for thousands of children at community family events and camps; and she and has presented numerous workshops for educators on art, storytelling, language and literacy, sensory experiences, and music and movement. 

Miriam Beloglovsky, MA, is a professor of early childhood education at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, California, and has had the pleasure of advising and guiding students for over 25 years. She is a strong advocate for children, youth, and families, and consults and supports a variety of family, children, and youth programs, including THRIVE Family Development Network and My Street of Dreams. She has served as a keynote speaker, presenter, and board member to a number of organizations and conferences.

My Review:

Loose parts play in early childhood education has been around for a long time. The very first time it was named to be a concept of early childhood education was by British Architect Simon Nicholson in 1971. It was he that coined the term loose parts, describing open-ended materials that can be used and manipulated in many ways. He believed that environments offer many ways for children to interact with variables such as gravity, sounds, chemical reactions, concepts, words and people (p. 5). The possibilities are endless for children to play and explore with loose parts. 

Daly and Beloglovsky came together to write an absolutely stunning book that covers loose part play as it relates to the senses, creativity, action, and inquiry. Throughout the book are utterly beautiful photography that will inspire you to create a place of awe and inspiration for children of all ages to play, explore and learn. While many of the ideas in the book are meant for slightly older children, I have used several of the ideas for infants and toddlers, keeping in mind their strong inclination to put things in their mouth, to explore rocks, shells, scarves, and so much more! They love it. And I am so excited that Loose Parts 2: Inspire Play for Infants and Toddlers releases in May 2016 and will be so fantastic to use with the little ones in my care! The older ones have use marbles, jewel rocks, nuts and bolts, etc to create, count, sort, and more. The book has helped immensely to change my environment for the better!

This book has been an absolutely fantastic addition to my professional library and I am of the opinion that every early childhood education program needs it in theirs. I cannot wait to get my hands on 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Loose Parts:  Inspiring Play in Young Children online through Redleaf Press

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Redleaf Press, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***


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